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The Best Korean Movies Of All Time

Updated September 9, 2020 5.8k votes 485 voters 14.3k views131 items

Looking for good Korean movies to watch? Here are the all-time greatest Korean films, ranked by fans everywhere. After Bong Joon-ho's Parasite made Oscar history by becoming the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture, it's time to recognize the top Korean films that may have gone unnoticed in other countries. From popular Korean movies, like Oldboy, The Handmaiden, and Burning, to South Korea's highest-grossing blockbusters, like Extreme Job, Veteran, and The Thieves, this list of famous Korean films features award-winning dramas, romantic comedies, action thrillers, and more.

Vote up the best films from South Korea, and add your favorites if they deserve a spot on this list. 

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    Parasite
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    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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    Train to Busan
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    Train to Busan

    Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon Sang-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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    #131 of 313 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#1 of 56 The Best Korean Horror Films

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    Oldboy
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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    #62 of 242 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#74 of 88 The Goriest Movies Ever Made

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    The Man from Nowhere
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    The Man from Nowhere

    Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Jung-beom

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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    #1 of 101 The Best Korean Movies On Amazon Prime#2 of 53 The Best Korean Movies to Watch on Viki

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    The Handmaiden
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    The Handmaiden

    Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri

    Released2016

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

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    Miracle in Cell No. 7
    91
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    Miracle in Cell No. 7

    Park Shin-hye, Oh Dal-su

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Hwan-Kyung

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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    #108 of 109 The Best Prison Movies#3 of 67 The Best Korean Comedy Movies

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    Memories of Murder
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    Memories of Murder

    Song Kang-Ho, Park Hae-il

    Released2003

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

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    #22 of 23 23 Disturbing, Brutal Movies Based on Real-Life Atrocities#22 of 25 Great Movies About Serial Killers That Are Totally Dramatic

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    My Sassy Girl
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    My Sassy Girl

    Jun Ji-hyun, Cha Tae-hyun

    Released2001

    Directed byKwak Jae-yong

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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    I Saw the Devil
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    I Saw the Devil

    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2010

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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    A Moment to Remember
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    A Moment to Remember

    Son Ye-jin, Jung Woo-sung

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn H. Lee

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

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    A Taxi Driver
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    A Taxi Driver

    Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2017

    Directed byJang Hoon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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    Mother
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    Mother

    Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin

    Released2009

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

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    The Chaser
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    The Chaser

    Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo

    Released2008

    Directed byNa Hong-jin

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

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    A Werewolf Boy
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    A Werewolf Boy

    Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young

    Released2012

    Directed byJo Sung-hee

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

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    The Host
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    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

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    #345 of 720 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#278 of 338 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

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    The Age of Shadows
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    The Age of Shadows

    Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo

    Released2016

    Directed byKim Jee-woon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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    The Wailing
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    The Wailing

    Kwak Do-won, Hwang Jung-min

    Directed byNa Hong-jin

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

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    Memoir of a Murderer
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    Memoir of a Murderer

    Sol Kyung-gu, Kim Nam-gil

    Released2017

    Directed byWon Shin-yun

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    Secretly, Greatly
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    Secretly, Greatly

    Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Hyun-woo

    Released2013

    Directed byJang Cheol-soo

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

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    Taegukgi
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    Taegukgi

    Jang Dong-gun, Won Bin

    Released2004

    Directed byKang Je-gyu

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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    Forgotten
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    Forgotten

    Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol

    Released2017

    Directed byJang Hang-jun

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

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    Extreme Job
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    Extreme Job

    Ryu Seung-ryong, Lee Hanee

    Released2019

    Directed byLee Byeong-heon

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

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    New World
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    New World

    Lee Jung-jae, Choi Min-sik

    Released2013

    Directed byPark Hoon-jung

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

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    The Outlaws
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    The Outlaws

    Ma Dong-seok, Yoon Kye-sang

    Released2017

    Directed byKang Yoon-sung

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

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    Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds
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    Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds

    Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun

    Directed byKim Yong-hwa

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

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